I have been thinking for a while about doing a post about how a day in my American life looks like and this is it so keep reading!
I put my alarm at 6.55 and then I snooze until 7.20. Then I go up and I pic out my outfit for the day and I do my makeup and such. When I'm done usually around 7.40 I go out to the kitchen and grab whatever cereal is in the pantry and the milk from the fridge. That's what I eat for breakfast almost every day. Sometimes on the weekends Amanda or Jeff buys donuts or pop tarts but it's usually cereal.
When I'm done eating I go and brush my teeth and put my homework in my book bag. Then I usually leave at around 7.50 with Jeff and Mya since he is the principal at school. Tommy and Coy usually goes a bit later at 8.00.
School starts at 8.15 so I have a bunch of time to either do homework or just to go around and chat with people. I have a different schedule every other day so we have A-days and B-days. On A-days I have algebra 2, physics, studyhall and yearbook in that order. On B-days I have U.S. history, literature/speech, studyhall and engineering in that order. We also have lunch in the middle of the studyhall. Every class is 90 minutes long and the break in between is 5 minutes but that's not really a problem since the school is so small and I don't have to run between the classrooms. Let's say this is a B-day so I would go to Mr. Allmendingers classroom and have history which I have with the juniors.
When the late bell rings at 8.15 we are supposed to be in the classroom and then a few minutes later someone announces in the speakers that it's time to say the pledge of allegiance which we say every morning during the first period. So everyone stands up and say the pledge with their right hand over their heart and turned towards the flag. This means that there is a flag in every classroom.
On mondays instead of saying the pledge of allegiance we have an assembly, a Gorilla gathering, when the bell rings so everyone goes down to the gym and they say the announcements for the week and they also give out spirit awards for the people who have been the most supportive during sports events. During this gathering we also sing the national song.
So then we have 90 minutes of history and then the bell rings and we are dismissed to our next class, for me that is English which I have with the sophomores and Mrs. Graber. Right now we are reading "to kill a mockingbird" which is an American classic. One of the differences in school her from back home is that here you as a student go around to the teachers room, the teachers stay in the same room all day while back in Sweden the teacher goes around the different classrooms and the students usually stay in the same classroom.
Third period is studyhall which is also in Mrs. Graber's room and here comes another difference. Here the homework is a part of the education plan. You are almost supposed to have homework everyday. There's always at least one thing to do for homework but. The thing with studyhall is that for me it is 90 minutes but it's divided into three parts, the first half hour is band for the people that are in band, the second half hour is for choir and I'm not in they either. After an hour of studyhall we have lunch for 30 minutes and then at 1 we have another half hours of studyhall and this time everyone has an actual studyhall.
This makes it kind of boring for me to have 90 minutes of being able to distribute the time on homework but I usually finish my homework during the first 30-40 minutes so I always bring my book to read but that gets boring too after while. It's great when you need it but 1 hour would be enough for me, I might just join choir.
When the third half hour has past I'm off to engineering with Mr. Murray who is also my algebra teacher. Engineering is not a class at my school every year so the classroom is in a trailer right outside of the school. We are only 8 people in that class so it's nice, you learn way faster when you get more time with the teacher actually teaching.
In engineering we have been sketching quite a lot, at first mostly for hand but now we have started to use a program called "autodesk inventor" which is a really nice program with a lot of features that fits perfectly with the course. For the last couple of weeks we have been working on a project where we are making our own puzzle cube. 5 different parts are supposed to make a 3x3 cube. I really like it since I'm quite interested in sketching in different computer programs and creating new things. It's a bit of a break from all the other regular classes.
I get out of school at 3 pm sharp so when the bell rings everyone is rushing out of school. When I had volleyball practice I went straight to the auditorium which is a couple of blocks away from school so I got a ride with someone on the team. But now practice is over so I've had about a month when I didn't have anything after school so I try to catch a ride with the girls that live in my neighborhood. Basketball practice starts in about a week so then I won't be so bored after school. I can't wait actually lol.
So when I get home from school these days I've been trying to get on the treadmill as my daily workout since I don't really do anything else but I haven't really been able to keep up the habit. Another reason why basketball really need to start, so I won't get fat hahaha (Not really a joke). Other than that I do my homework when I get home and after that I binge watch Greys Anatomy. Until everyone comes home from practice and work at around 5 and we start making supper.
This is with the exception of Wednesday's when we have youth group at church so the middle schoolers start at 5.30 so Amanda, Mya, and Coy go there before us since the high schoolers start at 6 pm. They give us good and then we have about an hour where talk about religion and everything that comes with it. Right now we have confirmation so we talk a bit about what that means. It's a really good way to connect with people since it's together with the people from school so we usually have a great time.
That's until around 7 o'clock and then me and Tommy head home and the rest of the night I probably do homework if I have anything left or I watch YouTube or some more Greys Anatomy. I try to go to bed at around 9.30 which is way earlier than when I used to go to bed in Sweden but it's nice to feel that you get the sleep you need to not be tired the next day.
During volleyball season I had practice every weekday so I got home from school at around 5.30-6.00 every day and that is probably how long the basketball practices will be too.
This turned out to be a super long post but I hope you liked it and got a better insight in what my life actually looks like. Tommorrow is Sunday and on Monday I have a algebra test so I will be spending tomorrow studying.
Btw fun fact is that my birthday is on thanksgiving day this year which is in 4 days!
Here's a throwback to homecoming when we took a senior class picture and also when the volleyball team went to Sioux Falls to watch the SDSU Jackrabbits volleyball game and I caught the ball!